Claypipe Centre

Winner of The Best Irish Craft Company 2011 Award.


The tiny village of Knockcroghery in County Roscommon has been famous for almost 300 years for its clay pipes or dúidíns.

In the late 1800s, virtually the entire village was involved in the industry. Production of the claypipes ceased abruptly in 1921 when the village was burned down during the War of Independence.

Today, with original moulds from the late 1800's, Ethel Kelly makes clay pipes using the same skills employed by artisans centuries ago. Traditional craftsmanship renders each pipe a unique, authentic Irish Craft piece.

The Visitor Centre is located on the original site of the last pipe factory where you can enjoy photographs and artefacts relating to this unique facet of Irish heritage.


Ethel Kelly
Ogham Wishes
The Claypipe Centre
Co. Roscommon




Tel: +35390 6661923




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This project received grant aid from Roscommon LEADER Partnership Rural Development Programme which is financed by the Irish Government under the Rural Development Programme Ireland 2007-2013 and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development:Europe investing in Rural Areas.